AWS cuts price of Linux EC2 instances across the globe

News James Stirling Feb 1, 2013
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All regions to benefit from next generation EC2 instances and Simple Workflow offering

Cloud services provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced another round of price cuts of between 10 and 20 per cent for its EC2 customers.

The company is reducing the price of On-Demand Amazon EC2 instances running Linux across the globe from today, which applies to all members of the M1 (First Generation Standard), M2 (High Memory), M3 (Second Generation Standard), and C1 (High-CPU) families.

In a blog post, announcing the changes, the company said: "We are [also] reducing prices for data transfer between AWS locations. Our new lower pricing applies to data transfer between all nine global AWS regions, and from AWS regions to global CloudFront edge locations."

Further to this, the company also announced the expansion of its cloud offerings, including Simple Workflow (SWF).

SWF, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that lets people build scalable applications, is now available across all regions except GovCloud.

Customers can also use the company’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) service, which gives IT admins secure control of AWS services, to monitor permissions to SWF domains and APIs.

As well as SWF, AWS is also increasing the global availability of Second Generation (M3) instances on EC2.

M3 was initially announced in 2012, but was only available in the Northern Virginia region.

However, customers can now also launch M3 On Demand, Reserved or Spot instances in the Ireland, Oregon, Northern California, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and GovCloud (US) regions.

“We will launch M3 instances in the São Paulo region in the coming weeks,” the blog post added.